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Malavika Velayanikal

Idea-chaser, trivia-junkie, inua. Malavika is a fictionista moonlighting as a scribe. She detests desks, will find excuse to step out of cube and go far to hear a good story. She dreams of teaching yoga in the mountains, but for now, is in love with entrepreneurs and innovators. Her passion for storytelling has found a perfect match with the protean world of startups. How to tell their tales in compelling ways consumes her. She's mostly based in Bangalore, India. You can tweet her @vmalu or email her at malavika@techinasia.com with news tips, story ideas or feedback.
Huge market, tough local problems to solve, Droom will have to vroooom!

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8-month-old Indian automobile estore bags $15.6M to take on rivals
Sounds like Limeroad in India, although you're more likely to find kurtas and kurtis there than jackets or T-tops

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Goxip lets you dress like your favorite celeb
Aren't peer-to-peer and dealers two very different kettle of fish? How can Droom build trust when it lists cars from dealers who are known to fool buyers with cars made to look better than they are?

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Why I put my biggest series A bet on this founder
Hi Sid. I know you get fully involved in your investments as a mentor/buddy. Where do you think you can contribute to Droom from your experience as an entrepreneur-turned-investor?

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Why I put my biggest series A bet on this founder
You're right. It's great to have investors like Sid.

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Why I put my biggest series A bet on this founder
Smart of Masayoshi-san to humanize robots which have been unfairly demonized in movies like Terminator.

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SoftBank CEO: intelligent robots need emotions, compassion
It's the same here - people hook up to home, office, or public wifi whenever they can. Actually 3 hours is an average - if only users in metros are surveyed I think it would be more like 5 or 6 hours. People seem to be on their mobile constantly. Why is the US not mobile-first?

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150 million Indians are on their smartphones nearly 3 hours a day. Here’s what they’re up to
To me the future potential seems enormous - only 150 million smartphone users in a nation of one and a quarter billion people. So we can expect that smartphone user growth graph to stay inclined upwards for several years.

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150 million Indians are on their smartphones nearly 3 hours a day. Here’s what they’re up to
they appear to be. 75 percent of Flipkart's transactions are coming through mobile. i don't like ecommerce apps on my phone but looks like i am in the marginalized section now. What about Pakistan? Is it more mobile than India?

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150 million Indians are on their smartphones nearly 3 hours a day. Here’s what they’re up to
Am a utilitarian too! Which is bad news for marketers:)

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150 million Indians are on their smartphones nearly 3 hours a day. Here’s what they’re up to
What is the technology behind SnapShopr? How does it compare with that of Mad Street Den?

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Ecommerce sites can’t read an image like human eyes do. SnapShopr wants to change that.
Nasscom started its second Startup Warehouse in Kolkata this year on the lines of the original one in Bangalore. I visited the incubator and found the people running it are committed to bringing the Northeast into the entrepreneurship scene ... https://www.techinasia.com/sup...

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Bangalore is now 15th among the world’s top 20 startup hubs. Here’s what makes it hum
From India, Delhi is seeing as much action these days as Bangalore. But still didn't make the cut because the ecosystem hasn't developed enough on all counts.

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Bangalore is now 15th among the world’s top 20 startup hubs. Here’s what makes it hum
Manila and Jakarta are two significant south east Asian hubs which did not make the top 20 list despite being in the reckoning.

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Bangalore is now 15th among the world’s top 20 startup hubs. Here’s what makes it hum
Sydney is right below Bangalore - 16th. (Chart 2)

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Bangalore is now 15th among the world’s top 20 startup hubs. Here’s what makes it hum
Not sure if they got the market reach data right, because that has so many variables. My gut feeling is that Bangalore does better than what is projected. We live in a wired world now... On talent, however, there does appear to be a problem on the ground with so many startups sprouting. The top colleges are producing good founders, but coders are getting scarce because there's a big gulf between the premium tech institutions and the rest.

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Bangalore is now 15th among the world’s top 20 startup hubs. Here’s what makes it hum
Market reach limitations playing a big role in this - improvement on that front would take it into the top 10

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Bangalore is now 15th among the world’s top 20 startup hubs. Here’s what makes it hum
Yes, but number 17 in tech talent is disappointing for the outsourcing capital of the world.

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Bangalore is now 15th among the world’s top 20 startup hubs. Here’s what makes it hum
I suppose entrepreneurs as well as investors are going after the low hanging fruit first. Let's hope it leads to innovation in more areas.

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Bangalore is now 15th among the world’s top 20 startup hubs. Here’s what makes it hum
Does anybody in the community have a view on the markers used to rank the startup ecosystems? Any other factors which you feel are vital?

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Bangalore is now 15th among the world’s top 20 startup hubs. Here’s what makes it hum